Unspoken: The Lynburn Legacy

Sarah Rees Brennan

Kami Glass is in love with someone she’s never met—a boy she’s talked to in her head since she was born. This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she has learned ways to turn that to her advantage. Her life seems to be in order, until disturbing events begin to occur. There has been screaming in the woods and the manor overlooking the town has lit up for the first time in 10 years… . The Lynburn family, who ruled the town a generation ago and who all left without warning, have returned. Now Kami can see that the town she has known and loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets—and a murderer. The key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy she thought was imaginary is real, and definitely and deliciously dangerous.

As a black girl, I have never been so happy and loved as to see black women start to become the main love interests for iconic superheroes and playing iconic heroines in general. Fox cheated me out of Logan/Ororo( THE Comic OTP for me), but now I get Valkrie with Thor, Iris West with Barry, Liz Allen/Michelle( IDK which) with Peter. Hopefully Misty with Danny too. We deserve love too and to be seen as awesome reporters, heroines, or just average women. We deserve to be rescued and considered the hero’s greatest priority. We deserve to have large fanbases just like any other white female comic character, and we deserve a presence. A big thank to DC and Marvel for seeing that and having to the guts to go through with it. A bigger thank you to Candice Patton for paving the way for a black Iris West, and the biggest thank you to Kiersey Clemmons, Tessa Thompson, Zendaya, and Laura Harrier for the impact you will have on the little black girls of our generation and beyond. It’s a beautiful dream come true for us all.